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A waste of research,
This review is from: The Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank That Runs the World: The Inside Story of the Central Bankers' Secret Bank (Hardcover)
I started reading this because I wanted to understand the history and functions of the BIS. I'm sure a detailed and very interesting story about this is contained within the book, but unfortunately it has been smothered in an acrid cloud of opinion. I gave up in despair before finishing the book. I suppose I should have seen the subtitle as a clue ("the shadowy history...") and looked to a more dispassionate source of information. The problem is that Lebor's passion is not only intrusive but - much worse - largely unjustified and unreasoning. There is no grace or tolerance in his approach, no sense that there might possibly be legitimate reasons for some of the things he overtly criticises or merely sneers at. Clearly the institution has been involved in abuses in the past, but in so overstating his case Lebor forfeits credibility.